In This Chapter
Understanding how Social Security defines a family
Recognizing how family members can benefit from your earnings
Meeting the guidelines to count as a parent
Computing the maximum family benefit
Considering Social Security in child support
Millions of people grow up in families where a Social Security check is a crucial element of monthly income. Maybe you’re one of them. If not, you may know someone who is. Currently, about 4.4 million children get benefits, worth about $2.5 billion each month. Kids get these benefits because a parent (or two parents) has died, become disabled, or retired.